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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Rev.Charles Bello" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 12:25:29 -0700
Subject: Hello(Confidential Memo For Your Kind Attention & Swift Review).


I am once again contacting you after my earlier e-mail returned
undelivered probably due to poor internet connection in my country.I am
indeed very glad to be in contact with you even though this medium of
communication(internet) has been grossly abused by criminally- minded
people,thus making it difficult for people with genuine business
transaction to correspond and exchange views without skepticism.I got
your contact through the internet while searching for a liable and
trustworthy foreign partner who will assist in the transfer of this
funds for our benefits.

I am Ibrahim.M.Sadiq,former financial adviser and investment planner to
late Muammar Gaddafi of Libya.With all due humility,I advise that you
read and review this memo carefully for better understanding before you
respond to this proposal which will usher us into great financial
fortunes at the
completion of the process.

The crisis in Libya after the death of Muammar Gaddafi was a global
event which I believe you must have read or heard about it.Needless to
recount that many families lost a lot and are still losing more on a
daily basis.And I need your help to secure the release of the funds
which were stashed away on behalf of late Muammar Gaddafi during the
Arab spring that finally consumed him.The funds in question are proceeds
of contracts executed by close family members of late Muammar Gaddafi
which I facilitated it's deposits in a financial corporation in Africa
before his death.

Some examples of these contracts are BP\'s US$900M Libyan oil
exploration contract in 2007,shares in Juventus Football Club, Eni: the
Italian oil giant, and Pearson: the parent company of Penguin and
Financial Times. Also some money was made from investments in numerous
financial institutions,including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and the
Group etc.

In order to ensure that all the family\'s assets are not frozen in the
event of dethronement from power as the result of the crisis,the late
Leader,instructed that the funds be deposited in a sealed box with the
financial corporation,ostensibly to divert attention in view of the huge
sums of money involved.The sealed box contained the sum of US$20.7
Million only.

The death of Muammar Gaddafi provided a unique opportunity for me to
claim the funds which were deposited in my name to conceal the true
identity of the real owner.All the documents relating to this deposit
are with me as the late leader was too preoccupied on how to contain the
fast spreading crisis then and by act of commission or omission,failed
to ask for the documents before his death.No other person(s) knew about
this deposit except two of us and the good thing is that the top
officials of the financial corporation know me as their valued client in
view of the prized deposits.

I am now intending to move the sealed box(US$20.7Million) out of the
financial corporation in Africa through your kind co-operation for
onward deposit in your nominated personal or company\'s bank account.I
guarantee that the transaction is risk-free as it will be legally done
in such a way that there will be no breach of any laws as I have all the

On completion of the transaction,you will receive 40% of the funds for
your participation and co-operation while the remaining 60% shall be for
me which you will also help me to invest part of it in your country.

If you are interested in this transaction by accepting to receive the
funds on my behalf, kindly respond back to me.Otherwise,you should do me
a favor by informing me that you are not interested so that I can look
for another partner and proceed to delete the message from your mailbox
to avoid unauthorized access for security reason.

Further information regarding the deposit shall be disclosed to you as
soon as I receive your return e-mail indicating interest via my secure
e-mail address thus(

Note:You should reply via this e-mail address only for security





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